by Emily Waldrep
Tyler County Sheriff's Department, with the Department of Public Safety, are working hard to keep the relatively new city of Ivanhoe safe. Although Ivanhoe is a city, it does not employ its own law enforcement, so the job falls to the Sheriff's Department and DPS, who take time and resources to patrol the area and respond to calls made from inside the city limits.
On Friday, December 6, at approximately 9 p.m., Sheriff's Department deputies were dispatched to a reported disturbance at a residence in Ivanhoe and were advised that one of the people involved had left the residence in a brown Ford truck.
Deputies were able to locate the vehicle and made a traffic stop at the intersection of Gallahad and Ivanhoe Drive. The driver, identified as Truman Loving, exhibited all the signs of being intoxicated from drinking alcohol. Loving was questioned in regard to the reported disturbance but, after talking to both parties involved, it was determined that no offense had occurred. Deputies continued to question Loving, who stated he had been drinking but only had drunk two to three drinks.
"It was clear to deputies that he had consumed much more than two to three drinks," said Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.
Deputies were assisted by DPS Troopers, and Loving was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated and transported to the jail.
The day before, on December 5 at approximately 1 p.m., Deputies were dispatched to Perdilot Street in Ivanhoe in reference to another disturbance. Deputies were advised that the person had left in a green car.
Deputies spotted the vehicle, initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as William Middleton. Deputies were also speaking with the original complainant, and while it was determined that no offence had occurred during the disturbance, deputies learned that Middleton had no operator's license while driving his vehicle. Middleton was also placed under arrest and transported to the Tyler County Justice Center and charged with Driving Without an Operators License.
Again, on December 4, deputies were dispatched to 15th Street in Ivanhoe at approximately 11 a.m. to another reported disturbance in progress. Deputies were told that the caller, identified as Ruben Arroyo, had left the residence and was walking down the road bleeding.
Deputies arrived at the residence and were met by a woman identified as Vickie Granger. Deputies questioned Granger about what had taken place, and she said that Arroyo had grabbed her violently and she was in fear of Ruben. She hit him with a can after Arroyo had pushed her down, along with other confrontation.
After contacting all involved in the disturbance, Officers were able to contact Arroyo and discovered he was at the front gate of Ivanhoe. Photos were taken of Arroyo and Granger, and their injuries, and EMS arrived on scene to transport Arroyo to Tyler County Hospital.
"Granger was placed under arrest for Assault and Family Violence and transported to the jail," Weatherford said. "Arroyo was treated at the hospital and was then placed under arrest for Assault and Family Violence as well. Deputies got very conflicting statements from both stories and it was mutual combat, so both people were arrested."
Ivanhoe's general security report can be heard during city council meetings on the second Thursday of each month.